Archive for August, 2009

Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul – August 10th

Posted in Events on August 6, 2009 by metropolisunderground


Eli Keszler is one of a coterie of exciting new Boston-based musicians whose music pushes the boundaries of noise, drones, improv, and electro-acoustic composition. Using a variety of percussion instruments, as well as guitar and electronics, Eli creates intense drones and fast, rhythmically complex pieces. In addition to his solo work, he currently plays in a number of ensembles including a new trio with keyboardist Anthony Coleman and reed-player/vocalist Ashley Paul, a duo with guitarist Geoff Mullen, and a longstanding partnership with fellow multi-instrumentalist Steve Pyne called Red Horse.

Ashley Paul is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge out of Boston’s new music and improv scenes in quite some time. This month she will begin an artist residency along with partner and collaborator Eli Keszler at the Issue Project Room in New York City and will be performing there with the likes of Phill Niblock, Loren Connors, and David Linton. She just released her second CD on the Rel Records imprint, home of Eli Keszler and Red Horse. Titled Dol, it’s a beautiful record of saxophone, clarinet, crotales, electronics, and vocals.

Performing across the northeast the past 3 years they have developed a unique style of sound which combines Keszler’s piercing high pitched resonances from bowed crotales and cymbals with Paul’s altissimo sustains and drastic pitch bends on alto saxophone and clarinet. The split tone combination from these instruments are surprising and overwhelming, creating continuously shifting, multi-layered harmonics and intense inner ear sound. Spinning discs, invented resonating metal configurations, bending reed tones and voice interference carefully blend creating a wild texture that is both harsh and striking . In contrast, the final piece displays Ashley’s wrenching string attacks and Eli’s rapid-fire percussion, filled with low-end bowed cymbals and jittery crashes.

$5-$10 donation

Show starts at 8pm